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Affordable Care Act and MNsure lower Minnesota’s uninsured rate by 40 percent

Web posted June 16, 2014
A new report released today by the University of Minnesota’s State Health Access Data Assistance Center found that the Affordable Care Act and MNsure,  the state’s health insurance exchange, helped lower the number of uninsured Minnesotans by 40.6 percent. The report is the first of its kind to measure the Affordable Care Act’s impact on states.

The number of uninsured Minnesotans fell by nearly 180,500, from 445,000 to 264,500. The percentage of Minnesotans without health insurance fell from 8.2 percent to 4.9 percent, the lowest in state history.

“MNsure got off to a rocky start but has made significant progress, surpassing its enrollment goals and helping dramatically reduce the number of uninsured Minnesotans,” said state Representative John Ward (DFL – Baxter). “This is great news for Minnesotans because more insured people means less uncompensated care, saving hospitals, counties, taxpayers, currently-insured Minnesotans, and our state budget millions of dollars per year.”

“Minnesotans — many of them children — have been able to use MNsure and the Affordable Care Act to get good insurance, a lot of them for the first time in their lives,” added state Representative Joe Radinovich (DFL – Crosby). "Despite the problems MNsure has faced, we can’t go back to the days of having your coverage dropped when you get sick or denials for pre-existing conditions. We need to continue making positive steps forward toward our goal of ensuring each and every Minnesotan has access to affordable health insurance.”

Reps. Ward and Radinovich encourage constituents to contact them with any questions, comments, concerns, or ideas on any legislative topic. Rep. Ward can be reached by phone at 651-296-4333 or by email at rep.john.ward@house.mn. Rep. Radinovich can be reach by phone at 651-296-2365 or email at rep.joe.radinovich@house.mn.

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